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pjohnf - QFD at Madison School Wednesday - Quincy, IL News - QuincyJournal.com
Kudos to the QFD for teaching fire safety to our children and I hope they talked about smoke detectors, which I'm sure they did. Smoke detectors the first line of defense against house fires should be on every floor and near or in every bedroom. Install working smoke detectors in your home and keep your family safe.
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It's one thing to think he's getting the rich to pay their fair share in a liberals world but the rich already pay most of the taxes. Even if you agree with the corrupt Madigan, the only people who will benefit from such a tax is Madigan and the rest of the corrupt politicians. They'll waste it and buy votes with the money not solve our fiscal problems in Illinois.
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Yeah, not likely. If you're going to bid on a government project, you have to play the game. If you bid too low, or in this case, bid fairly, you'll be the odd man out. Those reviewing the bid will assume you didn't understand the scope and toss it out. Everyone knows this, so the bids all stay relatively high.
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If I see Brian or another Terstegge this weekend, I'll be sure to ask. I assume they forced the Council to provide their reason for denying the permit.
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Yeah, this isn't the first time someone I know is getting screwed over by these rules. Real nice when the City grants you a permit to build something on your own property, you spend the money building it, and then they shut you down. When the courts rules that the City was guilty of "spot zoning", Venvertloh's should have sued the City for damages, loss of revenue, and mental anguish. All…

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Some money for state employees’ back wages included in budget bill

9 months ago Doug Finke and Tobias Wall, State Capitol Bureau

Bill contains $50 million that will be used to pay workers

From Doug Finke and Tobias Wall, State Capitol Bureau :
Some money to make good on back wages owed to unionized state workers since 2011 is included in a capital bill the Illinois House approved Wednesday.
House Bill 3793 contains $50 million that will be used to pay workers at five state agencies who saw their scheduled pay raises canceled in 2011. They’ve been owed the money ever since.
However, the amount is less than half of what is owed to the workers. Gov. Pat Quinn’s administration puts the total amount at $110 million. The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees puts it at $112 million. Most, but not all, of the affected workers are members of AFSCME.
“This is a partial payment, but it’s a step forward and long overdue,” AFSCME spokesman Anders Lindall said. “We’re pleased. It’s payment on what is the state’s oldest back bill. We understand in these very difficult budget times there are constraints on what’s possible. We’re going to continue to work until every penny earned is paid to state employees.”
Quinn in July 2011 canceled raises due to thousands of state workers because he said the General Assembly did not provide money to pay them. Since then, workers at some state agencies did receive the raises they were due when those agencies found money through other savings.
However, thousands of workers at the departments of Human Services, Corrections, Natural Resources, Public Health and Juvenile Justice are still owed money. The issue ended up in court, and a judge ruled the workers had to be paid but did not set a deadline for payment.
The amount in the bill represents 45 percent of the money owed to the workers. Lindall said if the bill becomes law, the plan is that each of the affected workers would get 45 percent of what they are owed.
Other spending included
Back wages for employees wasn’t the only part of the bill. It also included $50 million to be applied to the Chicago Teachers’ Pension Fund, $35 million for school construction grants in Chicago, and $40 million to pay for school maintenance grants for downstate school districts. The bill also contains money for water and sewer projects and to restore a theater in Chicago.
Some Republicans complained about spending $50 million on Chicago teacher pensions. However, the bill’s sponsor, Rep. Barbara Flynn Currie, D-Chicago, said it was justified.
“We pay for all the downstate teachers’ retirement money, and we have been giving short shrift to Chicago over the years,” Currie said. “If we were going to fund them the way we’re going to fund their downstate colleagues, we would be spending not $50 million, but $543 million.”

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